2017 will see changes in three major areas
The move from frameworks to standards
- From April 2017, the current Apprenticeship frameworks will be replaced with new standards.
- Frameworks will be switched off in phases from now, through to 2019/20
- The new standards are being designed by employer groups/ trailblazers
- Rather than continuous assessment, they will require an end-point assessment
National funding rates
- The government’s intention is that Apprenticeships will be funded by the levy
- Each Apprenticeship framework and standard will now be placed into one of 15 upper limits ranging from £1,500 to £27,000
- Each standard will be allocated to a single funding limit.
- Employers and training providers will negotiate costs within these limits.
- The amount of levy funds that can be used or government support available for each apprenticeship will be capped by the upper limit.
The Apprenticeship Levy
What is it?
The Apprenticeships levy is a tax that will support the government’s pledge to create three million Apprenticeships starts by 2020
It will come into force in April 2017
Who does it apply to?
It will apply to all UK employers in both private and public sectors but only those who have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million will have to pay.
Those who do not have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million will not pay into the levy.